Yamaha's New Star Raider

The newest cruiser from Yamaha's Star Motorcycle division is probably a clear attempt to get an entry into the factory custom market, th...

The newest cruiser from Yamaha's Star Motorcycle division is probably a clear attempt to get an entry into the factory custom market, the "Raider".

Announced today from Yamaha, it comes just a couple of months after Harley-Davidson announced its ticket into the factory custom bandwagon, the Rocker.

Yamaha Star Raider
It's powered by a 1854cc (113ci), air cooled, fuel injected, belt-driven, v-twin. Sounds very similar to the Roadliner engine. It comes with a seat height of 27.3 inches, and a wheelbase of 70.9 inches. It has a dry weight of 692 pounds, and will hold 4.1 gallons of fuel.

The Raider comes in two varieties, the standard version, and the "S" version, which carries some additional styling accents.

MSRP Pricing...

$13,780 Raider S (Tommy Blue)
$13,980 Raider S (Candy Red w/Flames)
$13,180 Raider (Raven)
$13,380 Raider (Candy Red)

The Raider should be showing up in Yamaha showrooms this month.

Ok, so now we have the name, "Star Raider". Sounds like something a Trekkie would ride when he's feeling a need for speed.

Check out more details from the Star Motorcycle website...
http://www.starmotorcycles.com/..../2008/model_overview.aspx

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  1. Sorry, but not a Harley.

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  2. At those prices, these ain't yer daddy's yamaha!! Waaay too much for a bike that will bevalue instantly - unlike a harley which is minimal if any.

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  3. I own a Harley, but I like the looks of the Raider. If it rides well, I might buy it just because it ISN'T a Harley.

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  4. If it was a harley it would produce half the horsepower and cost twice as much......no thanks to harleys

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  5. As a Star rider and reading comments like "not a Harley" and will depreciate. Yes, it will depreciate, but after chroming, I still have money in my pocket vs. buying into H-D marketing. I laugh when my bike gets all the looks parked next to Harleys. I laugh more when people say it's not a Harley and then jump in their Honda and Toyota's.

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  6. Got a bunch of buddies with H-D power. None of their bikes can resale for anywhere near what they owe. I say go Yamaha, great price, nice styling, and no doubt the quality and reliability will have high marks.

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  7. I think the Raider is a great looking bike! I for one haven't bought into the whole HD thing. I have many friends who have and enjoy them. I am happy for them. I recently purchased an FJR1300 and and I am seriously looking at the new Raider. I can have both bikes for the same price as one Harley. Now I realize that I will stand out in the crowd because I didn't buy the Harley.... but that's ok... never have been a follower... standing out is OK with me.

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  8. Got to test ride this sweet muscle cruiser last week with the wife in tow. It handled great, made big torque early in the rpm, had very smooth power, and was much more comfortable than what we thought it would be! At 95 mph, which we hit very quicky, we weren't being beatin' up by the wind. and she was not really as stessed out about the hard hitting acceleration and passenger seating position as I thought she would be {the demo bike had no windscreen nor backrest or after market seat.] I was very pleadsed with the extra wide stock solo seat it came with! Great brakes, ergos, detailing and lines! The big tires are enough to give terrific handling with a masculine look, but the wheel sizes allow for a 230 rear and a 130 front with no problems or changes. I will definitely buy this bike and ride it 3 times further, longer and faster than any of my many HD laden friends do before any kind of repairs or rebiulds are needed. That's because it's a Yamaha. In a 105 years Harley has never been able to make a bike of this quality and never will. I rode only HD's for 22 years, from a 57' pan, a 73' flh and many evos and blockheads. None can compare to the total package of style, power, comfort, reliability, handling and quality as I have seen in the 115,ooo miles that i put on my 800 Drifter and 102'' Warrior. I go too far and too fast to ride a harley. It just would not keep up nor hold up, so why buy one? For resale value? Yes, if you're not a biker, only someone that wants to be seen on a harley once in awhile and then try to turn a possible profit. I ride Yamahas for all the reasons that I want to ride period. To ride ,ride some more and then keep on riding without all the problems, breakdowns and expense that goes with HD's. A close friend of mine has 250,0000+ miles on his Yamaha dresser and it still runs and looks as good or better than any HD coming off the line now. It has the original rings, gaskets, bearings and motor seals that it had in 99' when it was new! I only have 3 Iron butt rides on mine to his dozens but we both know the true and proven performance and quality of Yamaha's big cruisers! With the Raider I would suggest going back to the Yamaha style flip gas cap and redesigning the tank to be a 6 galllon size. This is a bike that I can't wait to get on and ride! The harley's are still over weight, over rated and over priced. I'll proudly stay with Yamaha.

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  9. Bought one Sunday, and out the door for less then Manf List, Red non S model. Its a Great bike, good job Star / Yamaha!
    Ray H.

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  10. I'm planning to buy one of these come springtime '08. Having owned & ridden everything I can get my hands (and butt) on for nearly 35 years, this bike is impressive. Some will not willingly admit it, but most bikes are a compromise of sorts. My HD Lowrider isn't a "sportbike", but it's fun to push it like it is and drag the pegs. The ST-1300 isn't a cruiser, but it still feels cool to cruise on it. There just isn't a single bike that does it all - otherwise we would have an air/liquid-cooled, shaft/belt drive, 5/6/10/12-speed transmission with a cable/hydraulic clutch, 650cc engine that has the horsepower and torque of a 2000cc v-twin........basically a transformer like the kids toy. Needless to say, it just ain't gonna happen. We should all be thankful that there are as many choices as there are. Personally, I'd like to thank Yamaha/Star for paying attention to what riders are interested in. Now if the other manufactureres would just pay as much attention......
    Let's see what happens after a year of riding.

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  11. HD is a Culture Bike, you pay half for the motorcycle and the other half for the Culture. Most Japanese Bikes will eat that Harley alive. I've got my eye on the Raider and am Negotiating a price now with a dealer.

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  12. This is the hottest bike on the market today. Harley? been there, done that - time for something new. As far as depreciation? have you tried to sell your harley? dealers have rows of them - gone are the days of selling a used one for even close to what you paid. buy what you like and forget the rest.

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  13. The first comment here said a mouthful, "Sorry, but not a Harley". He is right, and man it is a good thing it's not! Yes, the Raider is metric, but so is my Chevy. The technology alone is light years ahead of HD. The Raider makes the Rocker look like a Cushman. As far as resale being so hot for an HD, it was, but not anymore. Just take a look at the used stuff at the dealers and in the ads, it has become a buyers market, too many for sale. The Raider has become a very hot item, try to find one, most dealers are sold out. I would prefer to buy a US made product, but I refuse to pay double the price for an HD when a much better product can be had for half. HD is gambling that the "gotta have a Harley" group will continue to buy them

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  14. Just bought my Raider last week. I didn't go with the S model. Although both look great, I actually liked the black offsets better on the non S. I looked at HD's and you just can't beat this bike for the price. I love the HD brand an culture but don't feel like paying 6-8k more to get it. Took the Raider 50 miles the first day. Incredibly cool bike. Great power, great sound, great handling and great price. I picked mine up for under 13k.

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  15. had a harley...now I've got a bike I like, faster, better and less money. A friend of my just paid $34,000 for a Harley with extras. He made me laugh when he paid 2,500 for a big bore kit to bring it from 96 cubic inch to 107 and he couldn't believe it when I said my was 113 stock. Now let's see who's going to be better off if we should decide to sell. All bikes lose about the same percentage when they leave the showroom. And if someone ask me if it's a harley I just yeah and they say cool. I just save myself 8,000 dollars.

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  16. I just bought the Raider S. What a bike, it runs and handles great. All my Harley, Honda and Suzuki buddies love it. Yamaha as done a great job with this bike. As for as Harley, check all the reviews from the test between the Raider and Rocker. The Raider tore it up. If you get a chance to test ride one, please do. You will be sold. Even you Harley lovers will be impressed.

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  17. I own a Raider - S type. I have a buddy that owns a HD. He has to have it repainted every time we ride together. I keep sucking off his paint as I go by.

    Besides... I can't own a HD. I don't own a truck to hall it back to the dealership.

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  18. Ok, owned a Vespa 125 at 14, suziki 80 at 16, a Yamaha 350 at 18 etc. etc. In 2003 I picked up a Harley Anniversary ultra Glide. I live in Canada, after exchange rate & taxes, $41,000.00 What's it worth now? About $18,000.00
    So i triked it over the winter, nothing lost, maybe the oposite.
    I'm picking up a red Raider S next Thursday. Why? Because even though I have the ultimate "Hog" and a couple of lesser scooters as well, this Raider is one kick ass sled. the engine is gorgeous! The paint is as good as any and the style...
    Let's just say I can't wait.
    I'm 59, been at this a while and I don't believe there's a nicer machine to be had on any showroom floor.

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  19. I bought my Raider S yesterday, red flames. This bike is the total package.

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  20. Forget about it. Throw badging and price out the window and evaluate on build quality, handling, power and style. You will buy a Raider. I could buy anything on the market and I cannot say enough about how impressive this machine is. This is a big, bold, beautiful engineering marvel. Solid as a rock and incredibly nimble on a 71" wheelbase. You gotta have HD Rocker or Victory Vegas? Go ahead, you'll have a kiddie toy in comparison. Drive them all and you'll understand.

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  21. I'm planning to buy one of these come springtime '08. Having owned & ridden everything I can get my hands (and butt) on for nearly 35 years, this bike is impressive. Some will not willingly admit it, but most bikes are a compromise of sorts. My HD Lowrider isn't a "sportbike", but it's fun to push it like it is and drag the pegs. The ST-1300 isn't a cruiser, but it still feels cool to cruise on it. There just isn't a single bike that does it all - otherwise we would have an air/liquid-cooled, shaft/belt drive, 5/6/10/12-speed transmission with a cable/hydraulic clutch, 650cc engine that has the horsepower and torque of a 2000cc v-twin........basically a transformer like the kids toy. Needless to say, it just ain't gonna happen. We should all be thankful that there are as many choices as there are. Personally, I'd like to thank Yamaha/Star for paying attention to what riders are interested in. Now if the other manufactureres would just pay as much attention......
    Let's see what happens after a year of riding.

    That was my post a little while back. I bought a blue s model may 10th and have put on 2000 miles. I could not be more impressed with a bike. It's everything I expected and more.
    PiNkPaNtHeR

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  22. I'm looking to buy a Raider and was wondering if anyone out there my size ( 6' 4" & 270 Lbs.) owns one. If so, how is the "fit & feel"? Just talked to a dealer and I could get the non-S version for $11,900.00 out the door!

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  23. I'm 6'3" 255 and I love my raider! Fits us big guys well and rides just as well. Had my Raider for about a month and most of my H-D buddies like the looks of it also. (There is always one that say "not a harley" but there has to be ignorant people in the world too!) It kills them that some of their dressed out H-D cost twice as much as mine. Ride what you like, ignore the uninformed that only go by brand and not by what is sitting in front of them. Sounds like a great deal too. I could only get a few hundred off list because the demand by me ment they didn't need too. Enjoy the ride!

    Thunder

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  24. anyone out there able to give me some pointers on negotating prices on buying the Raider.

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  25. I have a black raider and my two cousins have a raider s and harley superglide. everywhere we go someone ask us if ours our custom and cannot stop telling how great they look. Not one mention about the HD. I had one guy in a pickup chase me down and ask me what kind of bike it was.

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  26. I have been driving the local Yamaha/suzuki dealer crazy while I keep stopping in to drool over the star raider s. That engine is a work of art, I own a 2007 Honda Shadow VLX Deluxe that I have put over 12,000 miles on since I bought it this may (6 1/2 months)
    and although I love my VLX sportster clone ( liquid cooles though) I would, and am, gonig to trade it in for a new Star. When I sat on it, it is so well balanced that it was EASIER to pull that 700LB bike of the sidestand than my 475LB VLX was!! Now that is great balance, which means great egineering! I plan on taking a month off this summer to tour the USA on a bike rather than see it from the windshield of a Frieghtliner. And I can't think of a better bike than the raider to do it on!

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  27. I own a 2008 Raider ... in Raven Black ... I've put Cobra Dragsters on it, some leather saddlebags, and I've move the controls 4 inches forward. I get compliments from riders on Harleys ALL DAY LONG! This bike ROCKS! It's rides better than the FXWG I used to ride years ago. The mill on this thing has torque WELL beyond any factory H-D mill, and a simple twist of the throttle in high gear takes you from 60 to 90 mph in the blink of an eye. The 27 inch seat height is low enough, the 21" tire on the front tracks great in any weather (I rode this thing home the first day through the northern fringes of Hurricane IKE!) Aside from the fact that when ya feel like getting witht he program, nailing the throttle in second gear literally roasts that 210mm tire behind ya.

    At 14,300 total investment ... H-D can keep the 22K they wanted for me to roll out of their dealership on a Night Train.

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  28. got the 09 silver. owned everything since 78, yes including a very nice 59 harley customed out. i like the style of harleys thats why i went with the raider. everything on it is real steal or aluminum and designed in so.cal. i would like to know really how much of a harley is really made in america it maybe assembled here like a chevy or ford but so much of those vehicles have parts made everywhere on the planet harley never bailed me out of jail or are they worrying if i can pay my rent this month! you do what you can and what is the best for you.

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  29. hello gentlemen. can some one tell me if the raider that im in love with is a good bike for a beginner that has a basic training course (15hrs) of riding experience. someone please encourage me but honestly please!!!thanks guys enjoy the ride!!!

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  30. I would not recommend a Raider for any begining rider it has 1854cc (113ci), that's huge torque and unless your a seasoned rider it can be very dangerous. I've riden all sizes of bikes for many years, do track days on my R1 and instruct on occasions. That being said the Monster torque in my Raider scares the crap outa me sometimes. I've watched many inexperienced rider flip or crash the 250cc training bikes we use because they panic. Sorry just being honest.

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  31. I don't recall ever saying that I was any where near a beginner, I have been riding since I was 14 years old on the ranch, and am 45 now
    I put over 17,000 miles last year on my Honda Shadow alone, and I stand by my comments on the Raider having one of the most beautiful engines out there. But if I were to by one, which I will not, as I don't want any air cooled bike, the first thing that would have to go is the exhaust pipes, as the stock ones won't allow the use of saddle bags.

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  32. I started riding about a year ago and learned on my husbands V-Star. Last Nov. I went in just to look and came home with a 08 Red Raider. This bike is awesome! Someone's always asking..."what is that" and complimenting my bike and I love telling them it's a YAMAHA Raider!! Just last weekend had a guy and girl on a Road King leaving a parking lot I was entering turn around, come back, get off and come check it out and go on about how sharp it is! Harley had nothing that could even compare for what I was wanting. It is alot of bike but I'm 37 5'2" and 124 lbs. and have NO regrets, so if you want a Raider first bike or fifth bike, you should GET IT! You'll be glad ya did. Just hit 2150 miles this weekend!

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  33. i bought a raider s june 2008 my first bike....the raider is a 1853cc air cooled v twin...one of the largest in the world......harleys are like a chevy,mustang, trans am...the raider is like a ferrarri.....on the highway...she is the queen.....at 105mph she is rock steady...she can get real hot....new riders...well...when you pass your state test on a 250cc....a 1853cc is totally different....i'm still learning....i can last around 5 hours before i tire out....she's one of a kind.....i have a windshiel and sissy bar, saddle bags.....my bike is worth more than brand new.....a rare find

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  34. I’m 62yrs old and owned 32 Harleys and had 32 Headaches.
    I just bought the new Yamaha Raider and never had a Harley perform anything near the Raider. Yes I was a fool die-hard Harley rider, but got smart and got the Raider. Harley only wish they had a bike that damn good.
    You get what you pay for with the Raider a real bike! Harley you priced yourself out of the market, and deliver junk for the buck.
    Way to go Yamaha! You did it.
    Long time rider Tennessee
    Casey

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  35. I have owned my Raider since Aug 2008. Let me tell you this STILL is the best ride I have ever been on. I almost fell into the Harley trap until I saw the raider. Yes the Raider resale is crap but if you keep it 3 or 4 years it will not matter. I continue to get looks and compliments on this bike. Ride this bike with a group of Harleys and you will see the performance shortcomings of a Harley.

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  36. H-D is not doing so well in sales. Harley resale value isn't so good these days either. Doesn't matter. If ya like 'em buy 'em. I'll throw you a wave anyway. We paid through the nose for image and culture, which is an abstract concept, conjured up by the marketing magicians. Worthless in the real world.
    That being said. I love the H-D style better then any other motorcycle. It's just too cool!!
    But I wanted a high performance machine that can keep up with my hard riding demands. After looking at spec's, reading what the tech's wrote, countless test rides on various makes and models, I choose the Raider. It's just the evolution of the V-twin engine. And too cool!!

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  37. F HD's... Get over that crap already... The first motorcycles were designed in Germany so all you misinformed HD heads should so your homework. Also, HD's don't hold they're value as much as you think, buy one out the box and try reselling it a year later... 33% depration even when you go back to HD. dumbass...

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  38. H-D = Hardly Drivable! Resale value? 90% of those guys don't appear to be investment tycoons. A machine has to be 'At the moment' and a now ride. F*** the resale illusion. If you absolutely must supplement your cool....better to seek professional help. You'll save money and ride year round. Now that's value!!!

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  39. i have a 2009 raider non s model liquid silver installed vance and hines 2 to 1 big radius pipe and vance and hines fuel pack. put it to you this way my friend with his harley street bob 96 ci so small hehe came with me to pick it up after i shit on him at quarter throttle cause i had to break it in went and spent 1500 dollars to have his bike dyno tuned as well as a cam and big valve job done. when it was all said and done we lined up i peeled out on his ass and when i hit second gear i looked back to see my friend still at the light dumbstruck i think i scared him he hasnt talked to me since oh well he cant keep up any way now i ride with my friends with crotchrockets and when we take off and they look over and im right there next to them theis always surprised. so dont buy a hardly a motorcycle their crappy overated never won a race in history claim to be the first bike my ass they plain out suck besides i get more compliments about my bike mostly from hd riders they cant believe its 113 ci stock

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  40. Hello! Why would anyone want to Harley-ize the Raider, in essence bring it down to the level of a Harley??? Like the Road Warrior, the Raider is light years AHEAD of any thing Harley's produced; you wanna play Harley BUY one...Lean angles, power, the Raider's been designed for the backroads...Read the reviews by Paul Dean of CYCLE WORLD and other magazine editors if you're being objective...IF ya wanna play Peter Fonda buy a Harley, they'll always be what metric riders know them as: ENTRY level bikes, for the rich n' straight-liners....HOWEVER if you wanna run with the wolves you're gonna have to get-it-up and get a bike like Yamaha's Raider or Road Warrior...

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  41. I don't know who sent me that message that had me"drooling" over ANYTHING made by HD' I wouldn't ride
    a HD if it were givin to me! 50 year old technology, Prone to over heating, priced because of that name, instead of what it's worth? I distinctly said that I WILL own a Star Raider one day! read on down the posts till you come across the one that says "Glenn" said...
    11/10/2008 06:37:00 PM nuff said!

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  42. Bought one today drove fat bob, triumph t-bird, roadking, roadliner, softtail, rockrt 3 touring, vstar, honda fury,! Nothing compared to the total package of the raider- speed tork beauty handling I am ecstatic.

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